Phenomenology and the ‘natural attitude’

Let’s begin by looking at the ‘natural attitude’.  In the ‘Ideas’ (class reader extracts), sections 27, 28, 29 and 30 contain the core outline of the ‘natural attitude’ (NA) that will concern us at the moment. Before going any further let me give a ‘pre-philosophical’ definition: the NA is that attitude in which we normally stand, the way in which… Read more →

Images of difference

Images of difference

odilon_redon_originofvisionOriginally uploaded by razorsmile. On Wednesday this week (24th Jan) in the MA Seminar I spoke about the role of images within ‘Difference and Repetition’ (DR). They are important because the thought of difference that Deleuze is developing within DR is a ‘difference before identity’ and our thought patterns and culture are so imbued with ‘identity’ thinking that it can… Read more →

Entering the conversation of Deleuze

Entering the conversation of Deleuze

I discussed, in the seminar of the 17th, some of the difficulties we have in approaching the text Difference and repetition, not least amongst these the inherent sense of a ‘conversation being overheard’, something I think is interestingly shown in the essay ‘The method of dramatisation’ in which Deleuze presents some of the central concepts of DR to the French… Read more →

Phenomenology and the content of thought

So in Lecture 2 I talked about the act/content distinction and the way it’s set-up within Husserl, with a view to understanding the critical role of a thought-content for our later investigations into Husserl’s phenomenological method. These are notes from that lecture and are a quite quick and ‘formalised’ account of Husserl. In other words, the account I’m presenting is… Read more →

Phenomenology and the question of ‘the given’ – notes from lecture 1 (part1)

Phenomenology begins with the work of Edmund Husserl (1859-1938). His project develops out of an attempt to understand the basis of mathematics as well as an engagement with the (at that time) newly formed science of psychology. Philosophically, however, it can be seen as a critical point in the development of philosophy. From Descartes onwards, modern philosophy was dominated by… Read more →

Four tasks for Deleuzians

Four tasks for Deleuzians

Following the reading of Alain Badiou’s ‘Clamour of being’ that we undertook as the first task of the Volcanic Lines – deleuzian research group at Greenwich University, I recently re-read Alberto Toscano’s interesting review of Badiou ‘Clamour’ and his ‘Manifesto’.  This piece dates back to 2000 when it appeared in the Warwick University journal ‘Pli’.  It concludes with a set… Read more →

As an introduction to schizo-analysis: responding to 'The Anti-Oedipus Papers' (unfinished notes)

As an introduction to schizo-analysis: responding to ‘The Anti-Oedipus Papers’ (unfinished notes)

There is a background to every text, a life, a thought, an obsession, a spilt cup of coffee on papers badly placed on a temporary desk. Good sex, drunken rants, flirtatious concepts, all of these form part of that which will never be said within the text, only ever sensed, occasionally and differently, by the readers and writers who follow… Read more →

logos, phusis and appearance/s: notes on reading Heidegger's 'Introduction to metaphysics'

logos, phusis and appearance/s: notes on reading Heidegger’s ‘Introduction to metaphysics’

This is nothing more than some reading notes – primarily for the students of my Heidegger class at Greenwich University, though they may be of interest to others. They’re not intended to be a thorough interpretation, nor to engage with secondary literature, but were the basis of my lecture given on December 12th. The class had been requested to do… Read more →

A Heideggerian Critique?

A Heideggerian Critique?

I was reading through Miguel de Beistegui’s ‘Truth and Genesis’ today and noticed this argument, at the beginning of the third section on Deleuze; Metaphysics is characterised by its emphasis on substance. Modern science, essentially from the development of Quantum theory, has implicitly dumped this Aristotelian ontology in favour of one that is an ‘energetics’. Mathematics is the access route… Read more →